Funding Agency:
Women's Dermatologic Society

The mission of the Women's Dermatologic Society is to be the premier organization cultivating personal and professional development of dermatologists dedicated to excellence in patient care, mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership. Our Award Programs and Nominated Awards help us to work towards fulfilling this goal by recognizing WDS members who exemplify our core values.

The Women’s Dermatologic Society offers several different awards, for every stage in your career, to encourage and support research, mentorship, leadership, and philanthropy.

  • Academic Research Award: The WDS Academic Research Award Program provides funding for residents, post-residency fellows, junior faculty and early-career dermatologists performing basic science or clinical research relevant to the field of dermatology. Awards in the amount of up to $10,000 each are awarded on a competitive basis. Deadline: July 26, 2019

  • International Travel Award: The Women's Dermatologic Society provides travel awards of up to $2,500 USD for Women Board Certified (or Board Eligible) dermatologists from outside the United States and Canada to attend the WDS Annual Meeting Luncheon and the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2019

  • Mentorship Award: The WDS Mentorship Award Program was created to help promote the concept of Mentorship within the WDS by establishing long-term relationships between Mentors and Mentees. Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Procter & Gamble Science Behind Symposium Program: Over the past 15 years, Procter & Gamble has hosted more than 200 prominent dermatologists in Cincinnati, OH for a two-day summit called The P&G Science Behind Symposium (a.k.a. Dermatology Technology Symposium). This gathering of top health professionals with leading industry scientists, researchers, and marketers serves to inspire collaboration, innovation, and scientific exchange. The meeting's ultimate goal is to spur discussion about products with meaningful, measurable and noticeable benefits to consumers and patients. Deadline:. March 29, 2019

  • International Pioneer Award: The WDS International Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has enhanced the role of women in dermatology, has served as a mentor or role model for women, has achieved accomplishments that have impacted the specialty of dermatology or medicine, and is recognized as a pioneer or trailblazer for women's issues or women in dermatology. Nominations are accepted until March 29, 2019.

  • Summer Student Research Fellowship: The SRF is available to 1st or 2nd year URM medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology. The fellowship will support the in-depth participation of a URM medical student on the completion of a defined full-time research plan that will occur over a 6-12 week period, preferably during the summer after his/her 1st or 2nd year of medical school. The student will be paired with a mentor who is a WDS member in good standing. Deadline: Mar. 22, 2019

  • Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award: The Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award is presented periodically to a man who has made a significant contribution toward supporting women in dermatology. Nominations are accepted until November 16, 2019.

  • Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary & Leadership Award: The Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary and Leadership Award was created in 2000 at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the WDS, to recognize dermatologists of national prominence who have been trailblazers for women in some aspect of our specialty. Nominations are accepted until November 16, 2019.

  • Rose Hirschler Award: The Rose Hirschler Award is named in honor of Dr. Rose Hirschler, one of the first known female dermatologists in the United States. The award is presented annually by the WDS, to physicians chosen for their significant contributions to medicine and dermatology, and who, by their achievement, have served to enhance the role of women in the dermatologic specialty.. Nominations are accepted until November 16, 2019.

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Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 16, 2019